Digital Learning for Students

In the event that all of Anderson University's classes are moved to an online format for any circumstances or closures, this guide provides some basic information on how to utilize the technology AU makes available to students.  Your professors will most likely use Canvas at minimum but may also utilize other technologies listed on this page.

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Canvas Basics

1. How to Navigate Canvas

While each course is laid out a bit differently, the structure of a Canvas Course will always be the same, and knowing how to navigate through Canvas is the first step in learning online.

2. View Announcements

Announcements are one of the primary ways your instructor will be communicating to you. Viewing announcements is very easy to do now that you know how to navigate Canvas.

3. Adjust Notification Settings

In the event of a closure, it is critical that you maintain communication with your professor and peers. To ensure this, be sure to adjust your notification settings in Canvas so that you receive all announcements, assignments, and other critical information like due dates and assessments.

4. Submit Assignments to Canvas

Assignments in Canvas can take various forms depending on how your professor has set it up, but general you can submit assignments to Canvas by uploading files, filling out in-page text boxes, or sharing URL links.


5. Discussion Boards

Your professor may have set up discussion boards for you to participate in. You can view discussions, reply to them, attach files to your replies, or delete and edit your posts.

6. Quizzes

Your instructor will probably have online quizzes for you to take. The function very similarly to the other page types in Canvas.

7. The Canvas App

The Canvas app for iOS and Android is a great way to stay connected to your class and to your learning. You can submit assignments, post discussions, and take quizzes on both your smartphone and tablet.


Zoom Basics

1.Create Your Account with SSO

In order to access any Zoom links your professor posts in your classes, you have to create an account by signing in with your AU credentials here.

2. Download the Desktop Client App

After logging in, in the top right corner click on Resources, then click Download Zoom Client. This will prompt you to download and install the Zoom program. Follow the instructions when prompted.


3. Signing in to the client app

When signing in to the client app, be sure to choose Sign in with SSO, then enter andersonuniversity in the text field.

4. Joining a Meeting

You can join your instructor's Zoom meeting in 3 ways, depending on how your instructor invited you - URL link, meeting ID number, or an embed page in Canvas. To join simply click the link, join the meeting ID in the Zoom client or click on the Zoom Classroom page in Canvas.

5. Adjusting Audio/Visual Settings

To troubleshoot or adjust your audio, visual, and sharing settings, please visit this page on the Zoom Help Center website.

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